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Mirror Lake State Park
Baraboo, WI
Trail Length: 28K  Maps: |
Groomed: Skating/Classical    Lighted: No Snowmaking: No
Contact: 608-254-2333    Weather: [ NWS ]  
Notes:   Features sandstone bluffs surrounding half the lake.

Trail Reports:   2018-2019 season  view previous season     File a new report     Request a new report

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Thursday, March 7, 2019  posted: 3/7/2019 5:18:42 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Skied at Mirror Lake today around 12:00, park staff were in the process of grooming. Most trails were in good to excellent condition, good only because of wind debris very good snow coverage. Fern Dell, Turtleville and Hastings by far are in the best condition. Northwest was in the process of being groomed as I skied and should be very good. Enjoy the trails while you can.
(Kirt Sanford)
Saturday, March 2, 2019  posted: 3/2/2019 9:28:17 PM
Firsthand 
[ Good skis ]
  We arrived after lunch and were surprised to see the trails not groomed with 2-3 inches of fluff on top. It was still great for skating as long as you didn't get towards the sides of the trail. My first time here, so I'm not sure if the lack of grooming is the norm here. Great coverage on all loops, though the Northwest trail had a couple tricky downhills with snow carved out. Average speed with the soft fluff and faster packed base. Not too much debris either. Had a pleasant time on these trails!
(Holly LaVesser)
Friday, March 1, 2019  posted: 3/2/2019 7:24:08 AM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I skied Kilbourn, Ishnala, Pioneer, Hastings and all of Northwest. All in very good condition with more snow than in Madison. Litter is a problem, all the trails had a lot of pine needles and oak leaves which slowed me down stepping in and out of tracks and trying to get around them. also making some of the NW hills tricky. Portions of NW were more than half covered until I reached the second bypass and it was clean. The other trails were not as impacted by this but by no means clean. If you're using a sticky wax you'll have problems. I'd recommend waxless or skates on these trails.
(Robert Abendroth)
Thursday, February 28, 2019  posted: 2/28/2019 4:55:57 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  Great day of skiing at Mirror Lake Park. Skated on a flat smooth deck with ample loose snow over a firm icy base. No problem with control on downhills. Skated on pioneer, Ishnala, Hastings, and Fern Dell loops. On Fern dell the entire skate deck had been groomed along with new deep tracks. The other loops I skied had new tracks but approximately 1/2 of the width of the skating deck was groomed, while the remaining width had one inch of ungroomed snow. This did not seem to affect skating. The only concern was some surface litter of leaf and pine cone needles from the yesterdays wind post-grooming. My wife classic skied and occasionally some leaves stuck to her kick wax.
Photos:  
(Ron Fabrizius)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019  posted: 2/19/2019 8:55:46 PM
Firsthand 
[ Trails Open: All, Good skis ]
  I stopped by Mirror Lake today and skied 22 km freestyle getting ready for Saturday's 50km Birkie skate. The skate deck was a bit soft but overall conditions I would say were good to very good. There is plenty of snow on all the downhills making them fun to ski.
Photos:  
(Jim Gantz)

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